Behind the Wheel with… Pin, NYC uberX partner

Two weeks ago we met up with Pin, one of our top-rated Uber partners here in NYC. Pin’s story, from his childhood to his career as an Uber partner, is not a typical one, but it is definitely one worth sharing.

Pin was born in the city of Fuzhou in China. He and his family moved to the United States when he was 10 years old. On top of all the obvious cultural differences between living in China and living in New York City, Pin immediately noticed one other huge difference: greater accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Pin, it should be noted, is deaf, and if you’ve ever had him as your driver, you would have known this right away when he handed you a printed, laminated note explaining that he is deaf and asking to please input your destination in the app. And if you were interested, perhaps you learned a few signs from him as well!

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We met with Pin in Long Island City’s Gantry Plaza Park. From left to right: Interpreter Lydia Callis, Uber NYC’s Mikaela Flynn, and Pin.

After moving to the United States, Pin spent the rest of his childhood in New York. Following high school, Pin enrolled at RIT, where he studied accounting. He later got a job working for the Department of Defense upstate in Rome, New York. However, it didn’t take long before Pin grew bored of his life in Rome and decided to return to the city.

Pin first heard about Uber from a friend who was working as an Uber partner out in California. After hearing about his success as a driver, Pin thought this might be a great option. In July of 2014 Pin was on-boarded as a New Jersey uberX partner. Since at the time he didn’t have his TLC license, he was only able to pick up riders in New Jersey, even though he was a New York resident.

Knowing that he could make even more money driving in New York, where both demand and rates are higher, Pin began the process of getting his TLC license. It took about a month for him to get all of the paperwork and TLC appointments, and during that time he continued driving in New Jersey on the Uber platform.

Once he got his TLC license, Pin was ready to start picking up New Yorkers. You can now find him cruising the streets in all five boroughs in his 2011 Honda Accord.

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Although Pin typically prefers trying new ethnic food restaurants, he confessed he hadn’t tried a Corner Bistro burger—so we felt it was only appropriate that we stop in for lunch.

 Fun Facts about Pin:

  • On top of being an uberX partner, Pin is also an app developer. His professional opinion of the Uber app? “It’s pretty advanced.” Thanks for your approval, Pin!
  • Pin is an avid world traveler and has been to over 20 countries.
  • His next big adventure will be a trip to Western Europe.
  • During his free time, Pin enjoys taking day trips outside the city, exploring parks (he recommends checking out Bushwick Park if you haven’t been), and playing basketball.
  • Pin loves driving motorcycles (UberMOTO, anyone?).
  • He currently lives in Flushing and is planning a wedding with his fiancée for sometime next year.

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